01 April 2011

It Occurred to Me (Tweets from Mar 2011)

Maybe next month we need a May Skeptics' day. April Fools' Day credible, May Skeptics' Day incredible.

Irish guy commenting on their financial woes: "Capitalism w/o bankruptcy is like Catholicism w/o hell. It just doesn't work."

Republican presidential race has begun ... a reminder of the gap between effective politics and effective policies.

Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa quit and flew to London. No confirmation yet that he'll record a self-titled rap album.

They call it the express line but obviously they don't really want you to express your opinion.

iPod: just coincidence that the 1st generation to be discovered by sonogram would so eagerly embrace a product that envelopes them in sound?

The older we get, the more our lives are the product of habit. Time, having been around nearly forever, is in the habit of moving forward.

Another day working in the suburban home office ... another day w/o any clear opportunities to test my deodorant's adrenaline trigger.

Idea to end dependence on foreign oil and create jobs: rebuild all highways as Escher Expressways - downhill in every direction.

Best known for his experiment with a man-to-man rather than what he despairingly called a "zone" defense, he was a unique baseball coach.

"My first act of free will shall be to believe in free will." - William James

I'm not saying that he grew up in a secluded little podunk. I'm just saying his town's time zone was 37 minutes off from anywhere else.

Commerce Dept. revised GDP growth from 2.8% to 3.1%, or an extra $42,000,000,000 (about Warren Buffet's net worth).

Where's a good lawyer? Shouldn't UCONN be disqualified? By what stretch of imagination are they in the West?

1848, Europe was convulsed by revolutions in places like France & Germany, dozens of states in total. Similar dynamic in Middle East today?

I lost my mood ring. I'm not sure how I feel about that.

Newsweek's cover asks, "How Ignorant Are You?" And I'm thinking, "I wouldn't know, would I?"

Like dogs watching television, we participate in systems that we vaguely understand and can predict only within fairly narrow boundaries.

Elizabeth Taylor was committed to marriage, just not any specific husband.

In the future, people will take consolation in the fact that while they have no time to socialize, they do have time for photo ops.

Armageddon deferred, stock market rallies.

Life's not fair. It's a circus.

Just once, she thought, it would be nice to have a day when my bliss follows ME around.

The more hassles you try to avoid the more of life you do avoid.

His interest in the cognitive science major abruptly ended when he learned that they didn't offer classes in telekinesis or mind reading.

Poll of rich (average $78 million, 73% w/ at least $25 million) reveals they wouldn't feel financially secure until they got 1/4 more.

You have to love the symmetry. For days media (rightly) fixates on threat of nuclear disaster. Then reports polls that show we're concerned.

Can't find droid phone setting that makes callers sound like Scooby Doo, Elmer Fudd or Darth Vader. Pity.

How fitting that people avoid use of the word "evitable" whereas they can't seem to avoid use of the word "inevitable."

Baseball gods must favor the oddly named. Yesterday, old stars Vida Blue & Rollie Fingers signed balls while new star Coco Crisp hit them.

Middle East revolutions then earthquake in Japan. Wonder which is more traumatic: nature's impersonal attacks or troops' personal attacks?

Product idea: omni-directional wheeled suitcase electronically "on leash" to your smart phone, just follows you thru airport.

After the bad eggplant harvest He covered his losses on baba ghanoush futures w/ calls on hummus. Running a deli had become so complicated.

For longer than he cared to admit, he thought that a brothel was a soup kitchen.

The Chrysler Ambiguity. Stunning design but only comes in shades of gray.

Time to give back that hour you got in the fall. With money you pay interest. With time you just hope it was of interest.

Once, only sailors got tattoos. Now the fad has spread about the same rate as the popularity of cruises. Something about the ocean.

Those shape-up shoes really work. I've noticed that the general population is getting much more fit.

Like telling boneless chickens to relax.

The paradox of prediction: if you predict the unpredictable, haven't you just made it impossible for anything to be either?

Exxon CEO says oil prices not yet hurting economy. And then whispered into the mic, but we have not yet given up on that.

Charlie Sheen is marketing a new Tiger Blood concentrate. Just add millions and it makes you irresistible to certain women.

Your moment of pop anthropology: McDonald's Wedding Packages Have Hong Kong Lovin' It http://yhoo.it/ell3RU

NPR interviewer was inquiring about the agenda of facebook & twitter. I wonder what he thinks is the agenda of the phone or internet.

The audience thinks that it is viewing programming; the advertiser thinks that it is programming viewers.

Low-carb Thursday was never caught on like Fat Tuesday.

They’d stopped using traditional graphs. Today's report pictured his portfolio as a small kid trapped and forgotten in the bouncy castle.

His glasses askew, heart racing, and coffee splattered about, Tom instantly resented the local newspaper's new pop up advertising.

In '70s, IBM sold a 1 MB memory computer for $4,674,160. Today, you can get 3 GB computer for $473.99. From $4 million per MB to 15 cents.

He was the worst kind of confused. Which is to say, he didn't even realize that he was.

Dad was really surprised at how spicy was his dab of guacamole at the Japanese restaurant today.

He admitted it wasn't a big difference, like the one between grunge rock, garage rock, and indie rock. Still, how could she not notice?

Cognitive entropy: point at which energy to adjust one's worldview to accommodate new facts seems greater than energy required to avoid them.

Easy to imagine thought caption over heads of confused looking tweens at mall: life was so much easier when we just liked to chew stuff.

I wonder if leprechauns are flattered or offended at our stereotypes of them.

Wonder if Center for Disease Control tracks sale of tissues to track spread of colds. Or searches key words to spot trends on facebook.

This head cold is similar to sucking helium. I'm light headed and sound like Mickey Mouse. Plus it sucks.

Justin Bieber just turned 17. Poor kid. Seems so young for a comb over.

It's true that he was thoughtful, if by that you mean that he gave a great deal of thought to how he was thought about.

"Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You." - Dr. Seuss.

Gleick's new book, The Information, shipped today to my doorstep. Engrossing, intellectually provocative, and fun.

How do you call in sick from home office? Work is done via phone and computer; isn't informing them you can't work proof to the contrary?

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